Greetings Fellow Traveller,
‘Life is not a problem to be solved But, a mystery to be lived’ – Anon
Today is New Years’ Day; traditionally it is a time for New Year’s resolutions, making changes, charting new ways of being and responding to life. On my I pad this week I found an article in the Huffington Post (On line Newspaper) on the 5 Spiritual Practices of Ageing Well by a Buddhist Writer Lewis Richmond. I want to use his five headings which are: Gratitude, Generosity, Reframing, Curiosity and Flexibility.
It is surprising how our mood changes when we become grateful for our lives. Meister Eckhart has a delightful quote: ‘if we could only say one prayer it would be thank you.’ Often we take for granted that which is familiar and present, take for example, water and electricity, for people in Christchurch this is always not so. Gratitude is being thankful for what is.
No matter our age, we can still be generous, not speaking here of money, rather offering simple acts of kindness, a phone call, a letter, or giving of our time and that word of encouragement. When we are generous, we discover that the world does not revolve around us; there are others also on the journey of life. Who needs a call or visit from you?
How are we looking at our life, is it through negative spectacles or through positive spectacles which always offer us opportunities for hope and life. When things happen to us and they do, we can choose to explore different ways of giving meaning to those events, which change the negative to the positive.
In our aging we can may become narrow in focus, we have our interests and close friends, and it becomes increasingly more difficult to start new interests and friendships. However, when we adopt a curiosity spirit we realise there are other ways of seeing and doing, we become open to wonder and mystery.
Have you heard the expression: ‘I am too old to change.’ It we accept this, it is like having our feet in concrete shoes, we become unable to move and slowly stagnate. When we are flexible, we develop an openness to discover, to appreciate wonder and mystery, and our life become interesting and alive.
May the coming year offer you moments to live the mystery of life.